SafeKids has come out with a 10 point Internet safety guideline devised for kids worldwide to incorporate into their internet surfing habits. Here below is a gist of the suggested 10 online safety rules.
- I will not give out personal information
- I will tell my parents right away if I come across any information that makes me feel uncomfortable.
- I will never agree to get together with someone I "meet" online without my parents permission.
- I will never send a person my picture online.
- I will not respond to any messages that are mean or in any way make me feel uncomfortable.
- I will talk with my parents so that we can set up rules for going online.
- I will not give out my Internet password to anyone (even my best friends) other than my parents.
- I will check with my parents before downloading or installing software.
- I will be a good online citizen
- I will help my parents understand how to have fun and learn things online and teach them things about the Internet, computers and other technology.
- By the age of four, 45% of children have used a mouse to point and click, 27% have used a computer on their own at home
- Children as young as 18 months are on the courses of computer classes
- A four year old child being taught basics of Excel spreadsheet.
While parental and peer pressure, sure are drivers and any amount of hoarse crying by educationists making minimalist difference, the best option would be to educate children about the need to stick to certain ground rules to ensure they have a safe and sound Internet and computer experience.
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